Gatherers, Inspired & the Sleep
3615 El Cajon Blvd
San Diego, CA, 92104
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Bent Knee is unlike any band you’ve ever heard. Its borderless sound combines myriad influences from across the rock, pop, minimalist, and avant-garde spectrums into a seamless, thrilling whole. Its new album Land Animal—Bent Knee’s first for InsideOutMusic/Sony—takes its sound to a new level. It offers a suite of songs full of addictive hooks, lush melodies and enthralling twists and turns that capture the reality of life in the 21st Century—a reality of people and nations in the midst of tumultuous change. It also communicates a ray of hope and desire for listeners to embrace the fact that they’re not alone in their struggles.
“The silo-smashing Bent Knee’s unique mix is equal parts ingenuity and deliciousness,” said Jim Fusilli of the Wall Street Journal in 2016 when he first heard the group. “Bent Knee breaks new stylistic and temperamental ground,” declared Steve Smith of The Boston Globe. Other media outlets worldwide have reacted with similar enthusiasm, including NPR and the BBC, which have playlisted the band.
Bent Knee formed in 2009 as a democratic collective determined to push the boundaries of pop and rock. Lead singer and keyboardist Courtney Swain’s soaring vocals are instantly arresting. Guitarist Ben Levin is one of the most dynamic and versatile guitarists around, shifting between the raging and raucous to the sublime and meditative. Bassist Jessica Kion and drummer Gavin Wallace-Ailsworth combine into an enthralling rhythm section that’s equal parts powerhouse and nuance. Violinist Chris Baum’s kinetic violin work provides drama, grace and intrigue. World-class producer and live sound designer Vince Welch weaves it all together with a captivating, expert touch.
The band has gone from strength to strength in recent years. Its last two albums, 2016’s Say So and 2014’s Shiny Eyed Babies, were hailed as significant art-rock achievements. The group has performed hundreds of shows across the world to date. During the fall of 2016, the band played for ecstatic audiences as an opener for the U.S. leg of The Dillinger Escape Plan's farewell tour.
New Jersey’s Gatherers announced their signing to Equal Vision Records in March 2015, with the release of a bold new music video for “God Deluxe”, from their sophomore full length, Quiet World.
“Thematically, “God Deluxe” deals with consumerism and our constant need to industrialize at all costs. There’s something terribly ugly with a culture that thrives on false needs many of which delude people to the point of detachment from one another. Who can build it higher? Who can wear it sexier? Whatever it is, we need it now and we will literally kill for it.”
Following “God Deluxe” the band released “Assembly” – another thought provoking song that serves as a dialogue between people and religion. “It’s sort of a bird’s eye view of a world tearing itself apart to a point where their own beliefs abandon them,” shares vocalist Rich Weinberger.
With Quiet World, Gatherers has created a truly unparalleled emotional and cathartic experience, enveloping listeners into a captivating world of anger, intensity and frustration. Quiet World is the follow up to their first EP, Postcards (2012), and their debut full length Caught Between a Rock and a Sad Place (2013), both under the band’s original moniker of ‘Gatherer’.
Quiet World was released on July 31, while the band was out on the 2015 Common Vision Tour alongside Every Time I Die, Real Friends, Counterparts, and Brigades.